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FBI to conduct private investigation into sexual assault claims against Kavanaugh

October 2, 2018  ·  Aubrey Neal
Upon the conclusion of the Senate Judiciary’s confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the accompanying testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Sen. Jeff Flake conditioned his support on a… Read More

Machine learning improves our understanding of how laws are made and who deserves credit for them

October 2, 2018  ·  Andreu Casas, Matthew J. Denny, and John Wilkerson
In the early years of his long congressional tenure, Senator Warren Magnuson (D-WA) was known as an effective purveyor of pork. Following a tough reelection campaign in 1962 and… Read More

ICYMI: Rebuilding a technology assessment office in Congress: Frequently asked questions

October 1, 2018  ·  LegBranch Team
Congress is not known for being particularly tech savvy. This reputation comes in part from its quaint anachronisms, such as prominent Members’ desire to eschew email and smartphones,… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

September 28, 2018  ·  Marian Currinder
Paul Kane, “Senate’s seniority rules raise questions when presidential succession is at stake,” Washington Post: “A random quirk in Senate custom grants the position of president pro tempore to… Read More

Congressional power and the war on Chevron

September 27, 2018  ·  LegBranch Team
By Jamelle C. Sharpe Calls to reign in federal administrative power have increased to almost deafening levels in recent years.  Contributing to the din are Members of… Read More

“Models of Representation” reflected in the roll call votes of House members

September 26, 2018  ·  LegBranch Team
By Kim Quaile Hill As the 2018 off-year election approaches, both academic and news commentators are abuzz with how candidates for Congressional seats will position themselves with… Read More

The who, what, when, where, and why of congressional campaign spending

September 25, 2018  ·  Charles Hunt, Casey Burgat
In what will come as a shock to no congressional observer, congressional campaigns are getting more and more expensive. The 2000 election cycle, for example, saw House candidates spend a… Read More

Press’s Sacrifice of Credibility for Rosenstein rumor mill threatens First Amendment

September 24, 2018  ·  Aubrey Neal
Monday began with a flurry of news reports regarding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s status of employment, ranging from declarations that Rosenstein had resigned to claims that his firing was… Read More

The House asked members for their ideas to make Congress work better. This is what they suggested

September 24, 2018  ·  Casey Burgat
(Editor’s note: The post originally appeared on FixGov on September 21, 2018.) On September 13, the House Committee on Rules’ Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House held… Read More

ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

September 21, 2018  ·  Marian Currinder
By Marian Currinder Philip A. Wallach, “Congress: Difficult by Design,” National Review: “Congress is an embodiment of America’s unmatched commitment to pluralism. As… Read More